Embark on one of the unique experiences of your life as you drift down the Danube river. Travel through several terrific medieval cities: Budapest, Vienna and Passau, Germany and more. See the many kinds of architectural wonders in the top 10 cities along the Danube River whether ancient or modern.  As a traveler, you will experience a variety of exciting cultures on the Danube River through its restaurants, cafes, and bars.

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Beautiful structure in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Cruise ship docked near Passau, Germany

Passau, Germany

Old town with a bridge in Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg, Germany

Horse with a carriage in Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Beautiful structure with blue train in Linz, Austria

Linz, Austria

Esztergom Cathedral in Hungary

Esztergom Cathedral, Hungary

Brown roofs in Cezky Krumlov

Cezky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Brown roof town in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

Lake with beautiful trees in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful structure in Donaueschingen, Germany

Donaueschingen, Germany

Experiences Along the Danube River

Visit Budapest's mineral baths in one of the ancient bathhouses or visit the giant glass museum in the city of Passau. The advantage of taking a cruise up the Danube is that you will return home with a wealth of experiences. from your unique perch cruising on the Danube River, the city lights will entice you to a happier place. Beer lovers wishing to be initiated into the mysteries of the brewer's art will adore a tour of the Furstenberg Brewery. As you go from one city to the next, each will reveal its secrets for you to discover.


The Inspiration Of History

The Danube flows from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania, passing through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria as you move through the waterways. A Danube cruise is a good way to receive a history lesson about the days when Vienna ruled an empire and, more recently, an Iron Curtain divided Europe.


Where Do You Begin

Most itineraries start and end in Passau. You'll most likely fly into Munich and transfer to the ship. Munich is less than two hours from Passau, and most cruise lines include transfers.


White cruise ship in Danube River

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Which Cruise is Best for You?

A good way is to think about choosing the ideal Danube River cruise, is to ask yourself what are your top priorities. Is it to focus on the cuisine offered by the cruise line or what about activities on board? Is the ambiance your top priority with a luxury suite? Or if you are solo is the cruise sensitive to your needs?


Price Range

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable. Europe also has off seasons when cruises are cheaper. Hands down, mid-May through late September are the most popular months for river cruises, and sailings during that time are usually 15 to 20 percent higher in price. Business slacks off in the heat of July and August, as do prices by as much as 10 percent. Price-sensitive travelers should consider late March and late fall, when colder temperatures prevail. Holiday Christmas market cruises in November and December are priced lower than those during any other time of the year, offering the best deal in Europe overall.


How we Reviewed

We chose the following criteria to determine the best Danube River cruise:

  • Price
  • Quality Experience
  • Value
  • How many are cruising with you?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • What's important to you?

Overall Price Range Of This Product

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.


What We Reviewed

Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful structure in Budapest, Hungary

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Features

Budapest, Hungary is known as the "Paris of the East," this location is even more beautiful at night. Enjoy Budapest's mineral baths, Dandar is a no-frills bathhouse inside a 1930 art deco building in District 9 this is one of the closest experiences to being an immersive local. Next door is the Zwack Unicum Museum, where they make the famous Hungarian herbal liquor.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Passau, Germany

Brown roof town in Passau, Germany

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Features

Enjoy the beautiful city of Passau. You will want to visit the Passau Glass Museum it has the largest collection of European glass in the world and offers a unique overview of European glass history over four centuries. Over 30,000 glasses - of which more than 15,000 exhibited - give an impression of the incredible diversity of glassmaking in Bavaria, Bohemia, Austria and Silesia in the period from 1650 - 1950.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Regensburg, Germany

Old town with a bridge in Regensburg, Germany

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Features

Regensburg Germany, Regensburg Dom should be high up on the itinerary for anyone cruising the Danube. This huge cathedral is a brilliant example of pure German Gothic architecture and forms the focal point of the city.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Vienna, Austria

Horse with a carriage in Vienna, Austria

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Features

Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria is a magnificent Baroque palace. The 1,441-room palace is a former imperial summer residence originally purchased by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II in 1569. It remains a focal point of Vienna's, and by a larger extent Austria's, style of architecture reflecting the changing taste of the Habsburg monarchs. Since the 1950s both the palace and the gardens have become major tourist attractions as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Linz, Austria

Blue train in Linz, Austria

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Features

Linz, Austria, where the Danube has turned mighty with the infusion of the Isar, Inn, Salzach, and Traun Rivers, cutting a major path through the mountains. Linz's market square is massive and very colorful and has a rainbow of churches. Its riverside district is also an abstract art museum.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Esztergom Cathedral, Hungary

Esztergom Cathedral in Hungary

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Features

Esztergom Cathedral, Hungary, built in the first half of the nineteenth century has the largest cathedral in Hungary and incorporates the red marble Rakocz Chapel, a fine example of Renaissance art.  The small city of Esztergom is one of the most important places in Hungary, packed with religious and historic significance. Esztergom was the capital of Hungaria in the middle ages and sort of a Hungarian Vatican, housing the greatest Catholic authority of the country.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Cezky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Brown roofs in Cezky Krumlov

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Features

There is a castle in the city of Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic's it is the finest medieval sites. Its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, a maze of twisting alleys built around the extensive Cesky Krumlov castle. Make your way through crooked, cobblestone streets on foot and soak up the atmosphere of this impeccably preserved medieval gem.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Brown roof town in Bratislava, Slovakia

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Features

Bratislava, Slovakia, Stare Mesto, the Old Town of Slovakia's capital, whisks visitors back a few centuries as they wander cobblestone streets, admire the Baroque architecture, enjoy summer and Christmas concerts at Old Town Hall and while away time at cafes and restaurants. Venture beyond for more sites, including the 15th-century hrad (castle) with its treasury and history and music museums, the Slovak National Theater and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Slovak National Gallery, housed in an 18th-century palace.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lake with beautiful trees in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Features

Amsterdam, Netherlands, book a carriage ride and explore the city in the most romantic way possible. Starting at Dam Square, you can choose between different routes and durations. The guide will teach you all about the history of this incredible city, sharing many interesting stories and facts along the way.

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Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Donaueschingen, Germany

Donaueschingen, Germany

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Features

Donaueschingen, Germany, Donaueschingen is a German town in the Black Forest in the southwest of the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg in the Schwarzwald-Baar Kreis. Donaueschingen's rich offerings mean culture lovers will be in their element. You can visit the Princely Furstenberg Collections, the Museum Art. Plus and the Carnival Museum or explore Furstenberg Palace on a tour (fixed visiting hours). Beer lovers wishing to be initiated into the mysteries of the brewer's art will adore a tour of the Furstenberg Brewery.

Warranty

Check for the refund policies from the agency.


Price

Fares start at about $ per person, per night, for budget-priced river cruises and range up to $$$ per person, per night, for an all-inclusive luxury experience. Cruise tours typically span seven to 21 nights. Seven-night Danube cruises are the most affordable.

Cruise ship in Danube River on a sunset

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The Verdict

The good news is that there is a wide variety of choices for your cruise on the Danube River. Some things to consider for your Danube River cruise is whether you want a more active or romantic cruise or are you alone or in a group. All important elements to think about as you make your plans. The length of your trip will play a major role in the number of cities you will get in along the Danube River. Expect to see Baroque architecture, Mid-Evil Castles, a European Glass Museum among many other cultural sites. Whether you are interested in mid-evil architecture or are budgetary conscious or want the ultimate in luxury, be sure to give yourself at least a year to plan your trip. This way you will book the best rates for your Danube River cruise. Be sure to contact Stride Travel to help you get you and your group on the right cruise.


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